Ponting’s punditry: Predicts Prithvi Shaw’s flaw before Starc knocks him over next ball


By: Sports Desk |

Updated: December 17, 2020 12:11:52 pm

Mitchell Starc removed Prithvi Shaw. (AP Photo)

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who was within the commentary field, on Day 1 of the pink-ball Test in Adelaide, bought it spot on after predicting Prithvi Shaw’s flaw in batting.

It all occurred when play started with Mitchell Starc taking the brand new ball for Australia and Shaw taking guard for India. Ponting, who coaches the Delhi Capitals workforce within the IPL, defined how the younger India opener tends to depart a niche between his bat and pad whereas enjoying in-coming deliveries.

Quite astonishingly, that was precisely the way it panned out on the second ball of the over as Shaw fell for a duck.

“If he does have a chink in his armour it’s the ball which does come again into him…

“Quite often leaves a big gap between bat and pad and that’s where the Aussies will target.”

Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli received the toss and elected to bat within the first Test towards Australia on Thursday.

While India named their enjoying XI a day before the day/night time pink ball match, Australia have included rookie all-rounder Cameron Green of their line-up.

The Teams

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Australia: Tim Paine (c & wk), Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travid Head, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

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